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Poster: FP Date: Sep 16, 2007 2:30pm
Forum: movies Subject: Re: Standalone DVD Players in the Americas -- Can they Play PAL DVDs?

My last two NTSC DVD players were bought at random, because they were cheapest at the time of purchase. On was a $45 Apex 1100W (I think) and my current player is a $40 Magnavox unit from Target.

I don't know why, but both players, out of the box stock, play PAL DVD's, with any region coding, fine without complaint. The motion is smooth with no stuttering. I feed both players through my VCR, but there is no Macrovision flutter. Both players handle VCD, SVCD, their variants, PAL, NTSC, and audio CDs perfectly.

My friends who bought more expensive DVD players ended up with units that reject many discs, and won't play PAL or VCD. Other friends who bought different supercheap, no-name models can play pretty much anything. Why is that?

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Poster: Bridgewater Video Date: Sep 16, 2007 2:53pm
Forum: movies Subject: Re: Standalone DVD Players in the Americas -- Can they Play PAL DVDs?

That is a really good question. I have about a half-dozen DVD players of variable price. Some come with built in screens. Some require that I hook them to a monitor. I have found that with DVD players, cheap is better for me. Most of my players require I "switch" settings in the menu to view PAL video. In truth, I think "newer" has a lot to do with it. Newer players just seem to work better. I have been talking with a friend in Europe in the Stock Footage forum of the Archive and I find I have many misconceptions about PAL Video. Here is a link to what Wikipedia has to say:

On the bright side, It seems like it is getting easier to watch a PAL video here in the states (and vice versa). Let me know if you figure it out. The more I learn on the subject, the more confused I feel.